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HHA Agency Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $150 Million.

Jennifer Kirchner | May 2014

One of the nation’s largest home health services providers, Amedisys Inc. and its affiliates (Amedisys), agreed to pay $150 million to settle False Claims Act allegations with the Department of Justice (DOJ).  The DOJ found that between 2008 and 2010, Amedisys offices allegedly improperly billed Medicare for patients who were not homebound and for medically unnecessary nursing and therapy services.  Amedisys also allegedly provided patient coordination services to an oncology practice at below-market prices, violating the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.

The settlement resolves seven qui tam lawsuits pending against Amedisys in federal court.  Whistleblowers made up primarily of former Amedisys employees will collectively split over $26 million under the settlement.

Department of Justice.  “Amedisys Home Health Companies Agree to Pay $150 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations.”  Justice News.  23 Apr. 2014.

About the Author

Jennifer Kirchner is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Wisconsin. Ms. Kirchner has expertise in assessing provider compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, the False Claims Act, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and clinical research laws and regulations.